Monday, 28 December 2009

Beauty Resolutions for the New Year

Stole this idea from the lovely Sophie from Sophie's Realm and thought it might be a fun idea, especially seeing as I'm rubbish at keeping my real New Year's Resolutions, so I might have more success with beauty-related ones.

So, my beauty-related resolutions for the New Year are:
  1. Stop buying so many mascaras: I think starting a Youtube channel has made me spend so much more money on products I feel like experimenting with! And it's good to experiment, but not in the case of mascara. With mascara, I've always been extremely fastidious and stuck to the two I know work on me: Diorshow Blackout or Diorshow Iconic. This year I've been buying so many lacklustre mascaras and been disappointed every time. Why do I keep wasting my money when I know exactly which ones I like?!
  2. Grow my hair: I'm going to have to echo Sophie here when I say I can't wait to grow my hair out! Pre-Youtube and beauty blog days, my hair was almost a pixie cut and here is a gratuitous photo. The reality is, and this is part of the next resolution, that I've been trying to grow it since August and it's only just reached the length of a short bob :( I've had a hankering for long hair for quite a while now, not least because I miss having a ponytail. Please grow!
  3. Lose some weight: I'm not going to lie, 2009 was a tough year for me; I had my dissertation to write, countless courseworks, surgery and too many takeaways because there was no time to cook. And then I graduated and thought everything would calm down, but instead of winning the glittering job I was hoping for, I instead failed to get a job at all and sat around doing nothing until now. So, I put on weight. And now I want to lose that weight; I want to energise and motivate myself beyond walking to the Supermarket and back. Hopefully a healthy-ish food routine and some hula-hooping will get me back to being happier with my figure, instead of just tolerating the newly-formed lumps and bumps.
  4. Look after my skin: I've always been really lazy with my skin, and having finally (at age nearly-23) managed to get myself into a 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' routine, I am noticing the benefits and fine-tuning what works with my skin and what doesn't. I wish I'd made an effort to do this earlier! A lot of my skin problems have stemmed from both having oily skin and having eczema, which means I'm both oily and dry at the same time. I tend to go for unperfumed moisturisers for my face, toners with natural ingredients which can control oil and any kind of exfoliating facewash. Something I definitely need to look at is eye cream (never can start too early!) and moisturising my body, which I'm extremely lazy about. My goal is to keep my routine up and improve on some areas! It's definitely seeming to work as it is right now :)
  5. Wear less black: Now, I'm not a goth by any definition of the word (and if you are, fair play to you!), but my wardrobe has far too much black in it; it's literally a wash of monochrome. I love black, mainly for the reason it's so versatile and can be worn with everything. However, I feel like black is almost a safety net for me and I'm almost scared to wear colour. So, this year, I need to start wearing more bright colours.
I think that's it for now! I had fun with this; it was pretty easy to see where I need to make changes and how I could tackle them, though I'm not promising I'll actually be able to keep any of these...

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Falling out of love: Shiseido Fine Liner Pen

In my videos, I talk a lot about a particular product, the Shiseido Fine Liner pen, which I've been using for about a year or more. I've always considered it a Holy Grail product; something which has stood the test of the 3 month itch that I normally get after using cosmetics.

I'll explain. New cosmetics and I always have something of a 'honeymoon period' where they apply beautifully and look amazing and I'll use them almost every day until the dreaded 3 month itch, wherein I inevitably get bored (or acquire something new and even more shiny) and the product is consigned to a drawer, to be used when the fancy takes me.

This never happened with the Shiseido Fine Liner pen; this product was something of a miracle for me in terms of getting ready quickly and with no fuss in the mornings. What it allowed was extremely black liquid eyeliner which could be made as thin or as thick as you like, all in a single fluid hand movement. The staying power has always been excellent, the product has worked flawlessly and instead of a felt tip applicator, there was a smooth brush.

Until recently.

Recently, the beloved liquid liner pen and I have been having a bit of a falling out, and considering it's the only liquid liner I brought home with me for the holidays, I'm either getting frustrated with what the product is doing, or forgoing liquid liner because it's becoming a hassle.

So what's souring my beautiful relationship?

The product is starting to bleed in the inner corner of my eyes as soon as I put it on. To the extent that I either rub all of the makeup off my eyes, or I have these weird patches in my inner corners which are just devoid of product and look bizarre.

To add insult to injury, it doesn't just bleed, but transfers to other parts of my eye. What the hell? The product is now coming out of the pen far too quickly and far too watery and sort of a greyish colour; when I swatch it on the back of my hand, it beads up and refuses to stick to my skin.

It could be that I just got a dodgy cartridge, or that the pen is past its best, but for now, this eyeliner is being consigned to the place where all the other things I don't use go.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good liquid liner in a pen form? I want something easily transportable, preferably with a brush tip though I will consider a felt-tip kind of applicator. It must be super-black and have good staying power, too!

Oh Shiseido, why have you forsaken me?

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Recent Ins and Outs

- Snow:
I don't think I've ever seen snow in England at an appropriate time of year, such as December or thereabouts. In fact, I think the last time I saw it snow was some stupid month like April. So, I'm enjoying the snow for now.
- Hula-hooping: My current new craze for getting fit - it's so much fun! I just pop something on the TV or put some jaunty tunes on and away I go. I never even realise I'm exercising because I'm concentrating on keeping the hoop up instead :)
- MAC Platinum Pigment: This product is easily my eyeshadow of the year - it's actually amazing. I'm definitely heading to buy a huge jar of it in MAC Pro before they make the ominous change to the smaller jars.
- Watching movies: Christmas is my favourite time of year because I get to sit and just watch movies, whether on TV or my laptop. I always choose a particular type of movie at this time of year - it has to have romance in, or it must be Christmassy. Bonus if it's both :)
- NARS Orgasm: After a little break from the Orgasm-train, I decided to wear it last week and now it's been repromoted to staple blush again.

- Macbooks:
Tomorrow I am going to have to take my computer back to the Mac store, which makes that 5 times in 3 months. My wireless will not connect and can't even find the router; it also can't find any kind of IP, the mousepad is sticky and it won't charge properly due to a charred contact. SORT IT OUT.
- Ice: I'm embarrassed to say I genuinely have no shoes suitable for the icy turn in the British weather and every single pavement and road I have to walk on now put me at risk of impromptu ice-skating, or worse, landing on my arse. I'm not the most coordinated girl at all, so weather like this makes me want to stay inside, where I can be sure-footed.
- Waiting for my birthday: COME OOOON. I love birthdays :)

Friday, 11 December 2009

Soundtrack to my Life

I've done one of these once before on my old personal blog, but it sounded like fun, so I stole it from This is Caz.

The rules are simple. Set your iPod or iTunes to shuffle and write down the song which comes up.

Waking Up: Radio America - The Libertines
Good Day: Huddle Formation - The Go! Team
Bad Day: I Feel Just Like a Child - Devendra Banhart
Long Day: The Saga - The Libertines
Music To Fall Asleep To: Down And Out - The Displacements
After a fight with your best friend: Lady - Regina Spektor
After a fight with your parents: Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes - Korgis
After a fight with your boyfriend: Switch - Will Smith
Falling in love: Waiting - Cake
Breaking up: My Baby's Taking Me Home - Sparks
Making out: Dart for My Sweetheart - Archie Bronson Outfit
Making up: Ragoo - Kings of Leon
Sneaking out: Thin Line - Jurassic 5 ft. Nelly Furtado
Being reckless: Teenage Dirtbag - Girls Aloud
Road trip: Good Time - Leroy
Graduation day: Taper Jean Girl - Kings of Leon
Senior week: Don't Look Back Into The Sun - The Libertines
Remembering: I'll Kill Her - Soko
Childhood Memories: King of the Rodeo - Kings of Leon
Vacation: Bon Idée - Regina Spektor
Seeing an old love: I Think I'm Pregnant - Soko
Angry mood: You're So Vain - The Feeling
Depressed mood: A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
Happy mood: Try This At Home - Frank Turner
Quiet mood: Horsetail Feathers - Final Fantasy
Loving mood: (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
Song for growing up: Would You...? - Touch and Go
Summer love: Live and Let Die - Wings
Just Summer: Escaping Song - Eisley
Winter romance: PDA - Interpol
Losing your best friend: The Reeling - Passion Pit
Losing your love: Faith - Boy Least Likely To (George Michael cover)
Losing a family member: Live Fast Die Old - Frank Turner
Your funeral song: Feelgood By Numbers - The Go! Team
Your song you're remembered by: Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson Five
Your family's song for you: 20th Century Boy - T-Rex
Song when you have kids: Smile - The Supernaturals
The song that reminds you of your kids: All That She Wants - The Kooks
Your wedding: Drinking in LA - Bran Van 3000
Your Kids Graduation: Shake It - David Bowie
Your Parents Funeral: Kiss With A Fist - Florence + The Machine
The song that ties your life together: A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
Your best friend's song for you: Bad Man - The Coral
The song that reminds you of your childhood town: Wrecking Ball - Mother Mother
Your first love: Blood Thirsty Bastards - Dirty Pretty Things
Your school days: Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Your favorite summer song: Back From Hell - Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip
The song that reminds you of the one thing you wish you could get back: Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
Your drinking song: Bitch Went Nuts - Ben Folds
Your party song: Clap Hands - Beck

Quite a few comedy answers in there! But, really, Jackson Five, REALLY? Did you need to embarrass me like that?

As you can see I'm a bit of a fangirl of The Libertines, Frank Turner, Cake, Beck and Kings of Leon. Frank Turner, especially. There's something about him which is so swoonworthy. Even if he does have a beard.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Recent Ins and Outs

- Skirts with tights and boots: Particularly those thick, woolly tights that your mum used to make you wear to Primary School on really cold winter days. I hated them then, but I like them now. Brr...
- Home-made soups: Recently been cooking up a storm in the kitchen making delicious soups for Kiwi and I to nom on when it's cold and dark outside. Favourite at the moment is chorizo soup. It's so delicious I've converted everyone.
- Grey nailvarnish: In love with Barry M's grey nailvarnish because it looks stylish rather than making my nails look mouldy.
- Wintry foods: Mulled wine, Snowball cocktails, gingerbreads, marrons glacés (sugared chestnuts). None of that Christmas pudding/mince pie/Christmas cake crap, though.
- Dark red lipstick: Loving a deep red lip at the moment; it feels seasonally correct and immediately dresses your face and outfit up with one swipe. Dubonnet by MAC and Red Lizard by NARS are my ultimate favourites.
- Heavy, sensuous fragrances: It's the only time of year I get to wear delicious, rich scents which would normally otherwise nauseate people. We had quite a mild autumn, so even then it was too warm to wear them. I'm loving Angel by Thierry Mugler and Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford. Kiwi gets jealous if I wear the latter, though.
- Rosy cheeks: Looks like you've spent an hour tramping through the snow, but with no falling into snowdrifts and actual walking involved. Lovely.

- Dark by 3pm:
It's bothering me that I can't film any videos past 3pm because of the fact it's winter! Grr! Not to mention, if you happen to be on public transport it's even more depressing.
- Topshop jeans: They hate me. AND THEY ALWAYS RIP FOR NO REASON.
- Outrageous shipping costs: It's Christmas; any excuse to squeeze a little more from our sad purses.
- Winter bulge:
I keep telling myself I need that cake because it's winter and we've all got to keep warm. I sense a New Year's resolution coming along to do more exercise... which will promptly be ditched within 3 days for more cake.


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